Admiral Fitzroy Inn*

Two-Night Stay with Wine, Chocolates, and Flowers at the Admiral Fitzroy Inn in Newport, RI

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Former Convent Turned Bed and Breakfast Within Walking Distance of Newport’s Famed Mansions

When the building that would become the Admiral Fitzroy Inn was constructed in the 1850s, it not only served a different function—a convent for St. Mary’s Church—but was also in a different location. For years, the building was on Spring Street, just a few blocks from its current location. In 1986, it was broken down piece by piece, brought to the new location, and masterfully reconstructed. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Admiral Fitzroy Inn provides a bed-and-breakfast stay about a mile from the Gilded Age mansions at Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

The inn’s 18 guest rooms, formerly the nuns’ quarters, greet guests with colorful, hand-painted borders and armoires. Despite the inn’s changes, it still possesses much of its original charm, confirmed by an elderly nun who returned to the inn. “She said that even after all these years, it had the same feeling as when she lived here,” says Angela Craig, the Admiral Fitzroy’s innkeeper.

Breakfast is served each morning in the sunny breakfast room, with walls painted in spring green. There you’ll find a European-style continental breakfast with freshly baked scones, sweet breads, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola. The croissants are real treats, as they’re imported from France and baked fresh each morning.

Though guests are within walking distance of the Cliff Walk–access subject to weather conditions–and the mansions along Bellevue Avenue, Angela recommends driving to the mansions because the walk home can seem onerous and parking is ample. But if you’re more interested in dining and shopping, there’s plenty to do in the historic district around the hotel.

Newport, Rhode Island: Harbor Town with World-Famous Mansions

With its picturesque cliffs running along the rocky coast, Newport understandably attracted America’s upper class at the turn of the 20th century. The prestigious Astor and Vanderbilt families joined other captains of industry in building their “summer cottages” here, sprawling estates that epitomized the Gilded Age’s glitz and glamour. You can sign up for mansion tours at the historic The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House. Commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893, The Breakers is a 70-room Italian Renaissance–style palazzo inspired by the palaces of Genoa and Turin.

Even in the fall and winter, the Cliff Walk is the most popular activity in town. You’ll find visitors strolling the 3.5-mile path, with the beautiful Newport shoreline and lighthouses on one side and the spectacular mansions on the other. When the water isn’t too cold, you might even see surfers catching waves on the ocean breakers.

The city slows its pace in winter, finding time to shop on Thames and Spring Streets or visit the city’s many museums. The town is home to the National Museum of American Illustration, which features works by Saturday Evening Post artist Norman Rockwell, as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay for two

Options valid for check-in Wednesday

  • Option 1: $169 to stay in a queen room (up to a $285 value)
  • Option 2: $199 to stay in a king room (up to a $335 value)

Options valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday

  • Option 3: $219 to stay in a queen room (up to a $365 value)
  • Option 4: $279 to stay in a king room (up to a $485 value)

Included in all options:

  • A bottle of wine
  • Two souvenir glasses
  • Box of chocolates
  • Bouquet of flowers

Book by: 1/4/13
Travel by: 2/28/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Complimentary European-style breakfast
  • Private bathrooms
  • Onsite parking
  • WiFi available

The Fine Print

  • Book by 1/4/2013 or promo value expires
  • Complete travel by 2/28/2013
  • Not valid 11/9-11/11/12, 2/15/13-2/17/13
  • Options 1 & 2 not valid Fri-Tues nights
  • Options 3 & 4 not valid Mon-Wed nights
  • Limit 4/person, +4 as gifts
  • Limit 1/visit for options 1 & 2, limit 2/visit for options 3 & 4 if guest checks in on Thursday
  • All cancellations subject to $15 fee; 10-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 13% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Hand-painted walls
  • Cable TV
  • Teakettles with the fixings
  • Private baths
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Queen Room

  • One queen bed

King Room

  • One king bed

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking; subject to availability.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 28 miles from T.F. Green Airport (PVD); 30 miles from New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB)
  • By car: about 34 miles south of Providence, Rhode Island; 72 miles southwest of Boston; about 88 miles east of Hartford, Connecticut

Traveler's Tips

  • Some of the mansions are within walking distance, but it’s recommended that you drive there.
  • Parking is complimentary.

Customer Reviews

Attention to detail in the room, and the furniture
Elaine V. · February 21, 2013
Rooms were beautiful, people were very friendly and helpful. Wasn't a lot of warm food, but they made up for it in the quality and variety of food they do have.
Elaine V. · February 21, 2013
It was very clean and charming. The staff was very helpful and the contintial breakfast was great!
Charlotte R. · February 11, 2013
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